By Emmanuel Jean Francois
"Glocal" schooling melds the industrial benefits of globalizing greater schooling with some great benefits of incorporating neighborhood views. This e-book explores glocal education's cause; social, cultural, and financial foundations; key ideas; and implementation.
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Regardless of individual opinions or positions about globalism, it is important to underline that such phenomenon has always been part of relations, interrelations, and interconnections between countries, societies, people, cultures, economies, and politics (Roudometf, 2000; Friedman, 2005). 36 B U I L D I N G G L O B A L E D U C AT IO N Globalism and globalization are not conceptually the same, although both express the idea of connecting the globe. Globalism explains our reality of being interconnected, whereas globalization captures the degree of decline or increase of globalism in the world (Mittleman, 2002).
With businesses making transactions beyond their borders, they want employees who have the skills to reach new customers from different cultural backgrounds, and consequently maximize their profit. The ability to compete in what have become global environments created a new reality of the need for global skills or workers who are global competent. In other words, global competence was born not out of a desire for appreciation of other cultures and diversity, but as strategies for global 40 B U I L D I N G G L O B A L E D U C AT IO N companies to expand their market and maximize their profit through human resources who can connect with new consumers, thus who are global competent.
Citizens of every country develop and carry with them their cultural identity, which has its foundations in their overall experience with their national culture. According to Miller (1994), “Geographic origin and identity for the individual contributes significantly to one’s worldview or more specifically to one’s perceptions of the immediate external environment” (p. 17). Cultural identity of an individual has the potential to hinder interactions or communication with citizens of I N T E R N AT IO N A L E D U C AT IO N 21 another country.